Easy Step-By-Step Flower Arranging Tips: Make The Perfect Bouquet Every Time!

Flower Arranging Easy Step By Step Flower Arranging Tips: Make The Perfect Bouquet Every Time!

Photo Courtesy of: karpacious

What do Flowers, Scotch Tape, Hand Pruners, and Scissors have in common?  Well, they’re all tools of the trade for Michael Penny, contributor to Canadian House & Home, when he shows you how to create the perfect bouquet every time!

You don’t have to have a degree in floristry to create eye catching displays around the house, and you don’t have to stray from your budget either.  Michael Penny gives brief step-by-step instructions on how to make beautiful bouquets with just the tools and vases you have at home.  Check out his article Flower Arranging 101 for a quick tutorial, and get ready to have killer floral accents around your house no matter the season!

Thanks for sharing Michael, your bouquets look amazing!

An Embarrassingly Easy Container Design Based on a Ladew Favorite

IMG 2790 768x1024 An Embarrassingly Easy Container Design Based on a Ladew Favorite

The day we became engaged my fiancee and I spent the morning at Ladew Topiary Gardens, and loved every minute of it!  Aside from impressive topiary there were garden bed combinations to take notes on, and containers to photograph.  This one design is so easy to mimic it almost seems like cheating!  Who would have thought that something so simple would be used at such an imposing horticultural hang-out?

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The Truth About Pill Bugs

Pill Bug The Truth About Pill Bugs

Photo courtesy of: dospaz

I was out doing some gardening today for birthday girl who was turning 83, when I discovered oodles and oodles of Pill Bugs on a landscaped hillside that I was returning into lawn space. The large ones and the small ones tumbled out of the soil, and went burrowing back in by the dozens, and I realized that I had no idea why they were in the garden in such numbers.  I had no idea what they ate, if they were beneficial, or if they indicated anything in the soil!

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A Drought Tolerant Ornamental Grass and Flower Container Garden

IMG 2693 768x1024 A Drought Tolerant Ornamental Grass and Flower Container Garden

My summer has been incredibly dry and hot with 3 of the last five days in the triple digits, but this container garden is still going strong with 3-4 waterings per week. This planter garden is packed with bright and refreshing colors, and 5 different types of drought hardy plants that fill in the container quickly, and make your thumb look greener than it may actually be.

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A Hibiscus and Caladium Container Garden

IMG 27331 A Hibiscus and Caladium Container Garden

This Caladium and Hibiscus garden is great for several reasons, the number one being that this Caladium is sun loving and can thrive in areas that used to burn out a Caladium’s big, bright leaves. Additionally, this combination is the perfect thing for soggy corner areas that seem to promote mold and rot in other plants.

Recipe For This Container Garden:

  • 1 Yellow Hibiscus Tree
  • 3 Red Flash Caladium
  • 3 Rainbow Confetti Lantana

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Build A Cold Frame For Winter Vegetables

IMG 2496 Build A Cold Frame For Winter Vegetables

Now is the perfect time to build your own cold frame greenhouse for the cold weather months, so you can grow your own veggies and salad green thoughout most of the year.  You don’t need a lot of know how, or space to create your own greenhouse in, and you can create a simple cold frame from treated lumber, or plywood from you local home improvement store.  Plans for a winter cold frame house to grow salad greens and veggies can be as simple as this plan below. 

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Mute Swans As Canada Goose Control

Hansel 768x1024 Mute Swans As Canada Goose Control

Canadian Geese are a nuisance across much of North America, where flocks of several hundred at a time may take up residence in public space and create major waste problems.  While the Canada Goose is a welcome native species in North America, they have been naturalizing in parts of Europe where they are not native. In the United States where they have been protected for decades their numbers have boomed enormously, and can cause problems for businesses that rely on large areas of open turf as part of their business model.  From golf courses, to retirement communities, Canadian Geese can cause major problems if their numbers are not modified, and controlled, and the pound of poop per day that they produce can be a public health hazard.

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A Peach Rose and Superbell Container Garden

IMG 2739 A Peach Rose and Superbell Container Garden

This peach themed container design works in partial sun and shade, to fully sunny locations, and features a mix of perennial and annual flowers, and shrubs.  In cool climates, only the Roses in this container will last from year to year, but in warm climates the Coleus can be perennial as well. Want to recreate this look?

The Ingredients:

  • 1  Peach ‘Daybreaker’ Floribunda Rose
  • 3 Different Varieties of Coleus
  • 3 Peach Superbells

I chose to contrast the peach of the Roses and Superbells with the bright reds and purples of Coleus, and I think it looks lush and bright, just in time for summer!

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Container Gardening Idea; Dusty Miller, Pansies, Gaillardia, Petunias and Violas

IMG 2517 Container Gardening Idea; Dusty Miller, Pansies, Gaillardia, Petunias and Violas

I was at the garden center the other day with a friend and saw this adorable container garden filled with a mixture of spring and summer flowers.  I think this would make a cheerful display on the deck or front porch, and it’s ingredients are all garden center staples you can find easily at your local big box store.

If you want to create your own reproduction here’s what you need: Dusty Miller, Pansies, Violas, Petunias, and Gaillardia.

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How To Identify A Praying Mantis Egg Case

IMG 2668 1024x768 How To Identify A Praying Mantis Egg Case

If you find a styrofoam-like bundle that looks like this on one of your plants you should count yourself lucky! This little garden find is the hardened egg case of a female Mantid.

Hallmarks of a Mantid Egg Case:

  • Firm spongy texture
  • Clearly visible layers
  • What looks like a seam running down the side of the case
  • A clearly round, or completely oval shape with tapered edges
  • The case is found attached to the stem of a flower, shrub or tree

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